REPORT OF CLASSIS EAST October 2, 1968 at Hope Church Rev. M. Schipper presided over the opening devotions. After the credentials were read and accepted, he pronounced the Classis properly constituted. All the churches were represented by two delegates each.
We have been considering the proposed union of the Reformed Church in America with the Presbyterian Church in the United, States (Southern Presbyterian). Last time we pointed out one feature of the proposed union which is greatly feared by conservative men in the Reformed Church: its obvious hierarchy. This in itself would be sufficient reason for rejecting the entire plan. But other reasons for rejecting the proposed union have also been offered. Several of these I would consider with you in this article.
A rather recent religious movement is the Campus Crusade for Christ, International, with headquarters in San Bernardino, California. To draw a comparison, the organization is somewhat in the line of Child Evangelism, Youth for Christ or the Billy Graham Crusade. Therefore, while neither in the modernist nor the liberal side of the ecclesiastical field, its proper sphere is not within the Reformed perimeter, much less in that of Fundamentalist circles. It is a branch of Neo-evangelicalism.
When we speak of mission labors in the old dispensation, or the spread of the Gospel beyond the pale of Israel, we quite naturally think of Jonah and his message to Nineveh, upon which Nineveh repented. Therefore we pause a moment to consider this unique missionary venture of the Old Testament. Let us just briefly call to mind some of the detail of Jonah’s preaching and Nineveh’s repentance upon that preaching.
We remarked at the close of our preceding article that the Augustinian and Scriptural doctrine of sin and grace is never popular. We may recall that Cassian, the founder and abbot of the monastery of Massilia, stood at the head of the Semi-Pelagian party. A certain Prosper Aquitanus, an Augustinian divine and poet, wrote a book against this Cassian, and he also composed a long poem in defense of Augustine and his system. But, the Semi-Pelagian doctrine was the more popular and made great progress in France. We were to call attention to this development in this article.
And it came to pass in an evening tide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon . . . And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.
ANNUAL SECRETARY’S REPORT It is again true that we as members of the, RFPA must say “Ebenezer,” for hitherto has the Lord helped us in completing the 44th year of publishing the Standard Bearer. Consideration should be given to our editors who have been on schedule, and who have kept us well informed of the present activities and doctrinal truths, and errors in the church-world of today. Their articles strengthen and confirm in that battle of faith which is closing in on so many sides today.
Familiarity breeds contempt. That’s an old adage which has been handed down from generation to generation. It also is a truism. Sometimes we experience this in relation to our work: we just get sick and tired of the same old thing. If we eat the same food all the time, it nauseates us. This accounts for our changing world.